Unlock Your Door by Tapping Your iPhone With Schlage's New Smart Lock

Schlage today released its Encode Plus smart lock with support for Apple's home keys feature in the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. The smart lock is available in a variety of finishes at The Home Depot, Lowe's, and Build.com for $300 in the United States.

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Apple's home keys feature lets you add a key card to the Wallet app, eliminating the need to use a physical key. Upon doing so, you can simply hold a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch near the Encode Plus to lock or unlock the door that it is installed on. The feature, powered by NFC technology, requires an iPhone XR or newer updated to iOS 15 or an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer updated to watchOS 8.

Express Mode allows you to unlock the door by simply holding your iPhone or Apple Watch near the lock, or there is an option to require Face ID or Touch ID as an additional layer of security. With Power Reserve, you may still be able to tap to unlock the door for up to five hours after your iPhone has run out of battery.

Encode Plus also supports HomeKit for controlling the lock with the Home app or Siri voice commands on an iPhone or Apple Watch, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The lock has a physical keypad and a keyhole to unlock the door without a device if necessary, providing peace of mind if you are without your iPhone or Apple Watch.

With built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, the Schlage Encode Plus does not require a smart home bridge or any other hardware. The lock is battery operated, with four AA batteries included and a low-battery indicator built into the keypad.

In the Home app on an iPhone, you can set up access codes for guests who need temporary access to your home.

Encode Plus is the first smart lock to support Apple's home keys feature, but additional options should enter the market over time.

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macsplusmacs Avatar
30 months ago

Because keys were just such a poor choice...
Actually. Yes. And I have spent years trying to widdle down to no keys. Almost got there last summer. Now back to a few.

But for me.

ALWAYS having fewer keys makes my life just a little bit more stress-free.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BrennanWDavis Avatar
30 months ago

That's cool, but I never understood these. Won't you still need a key to unlock the door knob? All my exterior doors have a lock on the door knob and a dead bolt. This seems to just replace the deadbolt and unlock that. You still have to take out a physical key to unlock the door knob.
I guess that's your setup, but it's not everyone's. I have a door knob with no lock, and only the deadbolt as my only lock on my front door. This will work perfect for my home.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nvmls Avatar
30 months ago
Apple™, bricking homes since 2022.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
30 months ago

Apple™, bricking homes since 2022.
Dumb.

Also, it's Schlage we are talking about.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrRom92 Avatar
30 months ago
Got the availability email this morning and ordered immediately (Camelot in Satin Nickel) along with a pack of Eneloop Pro AAs, which should hopefully provide a nice long battery life in this unit.
My grandmother now has severe mobility issues and can’t answer the door for anybody, so we were looking for a smart lock that we could open remotely. We held out as long as we possibly could so we could get this version which has HomeKey support, which is really a major plus. Looking forward to installing it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bluespark Avatar
30 months ago

Yes, but I have never used the knob lock in any house I have lived in. The deadbolt is far more secure so I never really saw the point of the added hassle. That said, I don't see myself ever going keyless. The off-chance of my phone quitting while I am out exists, and I am not a fan of leaving spare keys hidden about.
If you use a deadbolt, there isn't much to be gained by also locking a doorknob.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)